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From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - December 11, 1930

From sr Genevieve (Celine) to sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) - December 11, 1930

+ Jesus                                                                Carmel of Lisieux 11th December 1930

Much-loved little sister,

Your dearest Mother sends us news of you every day herself and this touches us deeply. You are in our thoughts at every moment of the day, and at night, when I wake (which is often) again I think of you, and ask the Bl. Virgin and dear little Thérèse to stand in for me at your bedside. Despite my immense grief at knowing you are so sick, I’m glad to see that you are the first to go and that you won’t have the sorrow of losing us. And yet you know how ardently I desire to go to heaven!

Léonie, in your last letter, you asked us on what day our darling mother was born: it was 23rd December 1831. She was baptised on the 24th in the church of St-Denis-sur­ -Sarthon. It so happens that the other day (8th December) we had a great and most unexpected surprise. The parish priest of St Denis came to see us. He brought with him some lovely plans, which we have approved. A large plaque is going to be put over the baptismal fonts in memory of our mother’s baptism, and a lovely statue of our saint will be placed against a tasteful background. The pedestal will be very lovely as well.

This dear parish priest wants to hold a great celebration next year in honour of the centenary. You’ll see all this from highest heaven, dear little sister, or rather, you will “descend” with Thérèse to watch over us. When you do, remember your little “companion of misfortune” of old!

I won’t say “goodbye until Christmas” as in other years. When it’s time for our New Year’s letter, you’ll be there beside us.

Your distraught little sister

Sr Geneviève of the Holy Face and St Teresa

u. c. n.